A Newsletter for Members and Friends 
Tacoma, Washington: Friday, September 28, 2018
Readings: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
The texts can be found on The Lectionary Page
Sermon:  The Rev. Janet Campbell
Every Sunday:  8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite II
                         10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite II
                         12:00 p.m.  Fellowship Hour
Sermons preached at Christ Church are posted on our website and can be accessed from the Worship page and by clicking this link on the homepage: Sunday Sermon


Our Life of Worship and Prayer
Our Life in Community
Our Life of Formation and Study
Our Life of Service and Advocacy
Our Life Celebrating the Arts
This Week at Christ Church
Links to Diocesan News and Informational Resources
COMPLINE - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 p.m. in the ChurchCompline, the church’s ancient night prayer, is a short service that gently concludes the day with prayer, hymns, chant and silence. A great way to introduce a friend to Christ Church. Compline will be offered again on the second Sunday of November (the 11th).
Those in any kind of need, especially: Ashley Christine; Michael P.; MaryLynn and Tim E.; Terry E.; Mary Catherine Potts; Alice T.; Jan; Ann S.; Kristin L; Dominic.
Those who have died: Susanne Derksma; David Potts; and all who grieve for them.
For all in need: Victims of sex-trafficking; refugees and migrants, especially separated families. For all working to resist bigotry, racism and violence. For all serving in the military. For all affected by gun violence, for effective gun control policies. For all affected by wildfires, storms and extreme weather.
Diocesan Prayer Cycle: St. Timothy, Chehalis; St. Peter, Seaview
Anglican Prayer Cycle: The Church of the Province of Uganda; The Most Revd Stanley Ntagli, Archbshop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala
To request prayers in the Prayers of the Assembly, e-mail 
If you are submitting a name other than your own, please ask permission from that person first. You must send the full name of the person in order for us to manage the prayer list, but first names only will be in the list of those in need. Last names will be included in the list of those who have died. Names stay on the list for one month unless renewed with Shannon.

FALL WOMEN'S LUNCH - Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Wells Hall.  Doors open at 11:30 with beverages available, lunch begins at 12:00 noon and the program begins at 1:00 p.m.  Come enjoy delightful food with vegetarian choices and a talk by parishioner and State Senator Jeannie Darneille on "Women, Faith, and Politics." Donations will be gratefully received to cover expenses, and any additional amount will go into the Rector's Discretionary Fund. Save your spot by signing the list in the church entryway or by sending an email to If you plan to bring a guest, just add her name and email address along with yours.
SAINT FRANCIS DAY BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard. All animals large and small, including children’s stuffed companions, are welcome at our Saint Francis Day celebration in the courtyard (or in Wells Hall in case of rain). Bring photos of animals unable to attend. In gratitude for God’s gift of Creation, we’ll offer prayers of thanksgiving and healing for all of creation and blessings for every animal. Treats for humans (ice cream) and pets add to the fun. Invite your friends and neighbors; this is a great way to introduce them to Christ Church. As part of our celebration, we collect donations for the Tacoma Humane Society: canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes.
UPDATE ON CHURCH ENTRYWAY GLASS PANELS – The replacements for the panels broken in the July incident are being manufactured and should be installed by mid-October. Manufacturing of the door panel and the K Street corner wall panels broken on September 14 will begin this week with installation expected by mid-October. Insurance claims and measurements for the panel damaged on September 21 will be put in process this week. Once all invoices and all insurance reimbursements for these two repairs have been received, we’ll provide an accounting of the actual financial cost to us of the vandalism. Please pray for help and healing for Ashley, the woman who did this damage.
WORK UNDERWAY ON CHURCH BUILDING EXTERIOR WALLS – The restoration work will be ongoing Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and should take about a month, depending on weather, any additional “discoveries” not identified in the project study, and any times work would have to be suspended for church activities.

MINISTRY OF THE WEEK – THE ALTAR GUILD – We give thanks this week for the ministry of our Altar Guild, the men and women who set the table for the Eucharist. They take care of our vestments, vessels, linens, candles – everything we need for our worship for Sundays, major feasts, weddings and funerals. The group is divided into teams of four to five people; each team serves one weekend a month. Saturday morning the team meets in the Altar Guild sacristy to prepare for the Sunday liturgies in chapel and church. Sunday morning the team sets out bread and wine and vessels before the liturgy and cleans and puts everything away afterward. This behind-the-scenes ministry is one of quiet, loving service and fellowship – and is essential to the worship life of our community. If you’re interested in learning more about the Altar Guild’s ministry and how you might participate, contact the head of the Altar Guild Pat Chen:
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Interviews are ongoing. We have some strong candidates and hope to have someone in place by mid-October. The fall is always a busy time in the office and we ask for your patience since we are shorthanded. Once a new administrator begins we’ll catch up!

DONATIONS TO THE CHRIST CHURCH LIBRARY - Much good work in purging the library of out-of-date books has been accomplished by Susan Manning and Bert Stibbe. New books needed for Adult Formation have been added. While we are grateful for donations of books, to maintain the balance and usefulness of the collection and make the most of our limited shelf space, we have established the following donations policy: If you wish to donate books, please do not bring them to the parish office. Instead, prepare a list of the books with title, author's name, publisher, and date of publication and email it to Susan Manning at She’ll forward your list to the rest of the Library Committee. The Committee will let you know which books on your list would be helpful additions to the library. Any books left at the church which have not gone through this selection process cannot be stored at the church and will not be kept.



SUNDAY DISCUSSION: SERVICE IN THE WORLD - Sunday, September 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. In Honduras with Robert Carver - In addition to serving as a priest, parishioner Robert Carver is a registered nurse and nursing instructor. Not only has he trained nurses in Honduras, he has also witnessed the violence that has driven thousands to seek asylum in the United States. Join us as Bob discusses his experience in Honduras.

OCTOBER 1, OCTOBER 8, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wells Hall. In this Fall Foundations Course, participants will discover a range of daily and weekly practices that shape a healthy and maturing Christian faith. Drawing on the 2,000-year treasure house of practices, we will come to understand why such practices ground us in God’s good earth and orient us toward love for our neighbors. Donations will be gladly accepted.

MARTIN BUBER AND THE VISION OF DIALOGUE: What can Christians learn from a Jewish vision? SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, AND 21, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Library. Martin Buber, a Jewish philosopher, continues to have a profound influence among Christians. In these three sessions, Don Johnson, our resident expert on Buber, will lead participants in an engaging discussion of Buber’s fascinating life, his thought on the relationship between God and humanity, and his understanding of Jesus.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY – 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel for the next two weeks. Gather with us to read and think about the word of God, this time as proclaimed by the prophet Amos. He doesn't hold back his feelings. Come check it out. You'll be on your way by 8 p.m.

THE MONTHLY READING GROUP SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Don and Wanda Johnson to discuss the book Two Types of Faith on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity by Martin Buber. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Questions? E-mail Don Johnson

THE RACIAL JUSTICE READING GROUP – FALL BOOK Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, Parts III – V: at 7:00 p.m. on two evenings, Monday, October 29 and Monday, December 3. (No meeting in November). If you weren’t able to attend the discussion of Parts I and II but are interested in the book, please join us. Newcomers are always welcome to our ongoing engagement with the issue of racial justice. We meet at the home of Anne Avery and Jim Elliott.  Questions or for directions, email Anne:
Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m. for Preschool - Grade 5 – meets in the Wells Hall classroom two Sundays a month. Children gather in the church entryway and go to Wells Hall with their teachers, returning at the time of communion. On the other Sundays of the month, children participate with their family members in the entire worship service in the church as part of their formation in the Christian faith and life.
October and November Sunday School classroom dates:
10/14, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18

Our curriculum is Weaving God’s Promises, a comprehensive, three-year children’s formation program developed by and for the Episcopal Church. For an overview of the curriculum, see our website


SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – Check out the display on the Wells Hall stage during coffee hour.  Find information about rallies to attend, issues to write your Congress-people about, meaningful movies to attend, and more.
          Daily noise-making continues outside the Northwest Detention Center (1632 East J Street, Tacoma) at both 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to let those incarcerated know that people know and care about them. Printed directions are available on the Wells Hall stage during coffee hour, and on the little table at the back of the chapel.
          Save the Dates:
          Wednesday, October 3, Sierra Club
and others host a “Folly of Frack” play and environmental justice discussion at Evergreen State College, Lyceum Hall, 1210 – 6th Avenue, Tacoma, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. RSVP to:  
          Sunday, October 7, noon to 4:00 p.m., Associated Ministries will hold a family-friendly scavenger hunt to help participants better understand the realities of homelessness in our community.
          League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for each Pierce County Legislative District, October 3 through October 25.  Schedule handouts available on Wells Hall stage and chapel back table.
SEEKING CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS TO OBSERVE PIERCE COUNTY BALLOT PROCESSING - Training sessions October 11, 10:00 to noon and October 12, 1:00 to 3:00. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the Pierce County League of Women Voters seek volunteers to serve as Independent Ballot Process Observers for the November 6th General Election. Processing starts when ballots first reach the Pierce County Election Center (October 23) and lasts through Final Certification of the Election (November 27). Volunteers receive training to make sure the Ballot Process (actually done by Auditor employees) is done correctly. Observers work in 3-4 hour shifts weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are asked to work at least one, and ideally 2, 3 or more, shifts during the 5-week Election Season between October 23 and November 27. You only need to attend one training session and you do not need to re-take the training if you were trained this summer. Trainings and Observing all take place in the Pierce County Election Office (2501 South 35th St. Suite C, in Tacoma) in the building next to the Pierce County Annex. You must live and be registered to vote in Pierce County to participate. This is a great volunteer opportunity for individuals with mobility challenges. The work area is walker, wheelchair and scooter-friendly. Most observer tasks can be done while seated. For questions contact Ginny Peterson To sign up, contact Sharon Wilhelm,
UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) INGATHERING SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 - The UTO is an Episcopal-church-wide ministry that provides assistance to people in need around the world. Parishes distribute UTO “Blue Boxes” to members to keep at home and fill with coins and bills, offerings of thanksgiving for daily blessings small and large. Twice a year, the contents of the Blue Boxes are brought to church in the boxes or in UTO offering envelopes and put in the offering plate. Our gifts, along with those of thousands of others, will be turned into health clinics, food banks, schools, jeeps, farming equipment, seeds, tools, and a multitude of other ways to help. If you haven’t had a Blue Box, you can still participate by making an offering in the UTO envelope you will receive in the mail this week (also available in chapel and church entryways).

FAMILY HOUSING NETWORK ON HOLD! – We and other faith communities that have partnered with Catholic Community Services (CCS) as host shelters for families experiencing homelessness have been informed that CCS has temporarily suspended the shelter program.  Operations are on hold until further notice while they work to address a number of issues, including low shelter census, lack of consistently scheduled host sites, lack of referrals (from the county), and staff transitions. This suspension means that Christ Church’s week in January is (in all likelihood) cancelled. CCS is convening key partners and funders to look at program design, systems issues and service strategies to consider the best path forward to serve the needs of families experiencing homelessness. They want us to know how much they appreciate the support that the Family Housing Network program receives from the community, especially from us and other participating host sites and many volunteers. They hope to be able to fully utilize our contributions and goodwill to continue this important mission in the future. If we learn more, we’ll be sure to inform you. Our thanks to the many Christ Church volunteers who have organized our twice-yearly participation and all who have been hosts for our guests. 

FOOD BANK FOCUS FOR OCTOBER – As part of our observance of the October Feast of St. Francis, we offer support to the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society with donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used collars and leashes for cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. What the Humane Society does not use will be distributed through their Pet Pantry program to other animal shelters and pet-friendly homeless shelters throughout Tacoma. Leave your gift in the baskets in the church entryway. If you wish to donate in other ways you may visit their website at


ART PIECE “THE GATHERING” – Carolyn Huckaby (fabric installation: back wall of the worship space). Artist’s Statement: “This piece was created with recycled cloth and supplies first used on Christ Church’s Creation Sunday in 2011. The piece represents the sunlight, mountains, forests, fields and seas. Together as the community of Christ Church we love and celebrate the great Northwest and the beauty that it brings to us even in our own backyards. I wanted to share my vision of the Northwest with my hanging “The Gathering.” Thank you to Pam, Judith, Jean, Bessie, and Winfield for helping me with my creation.” Caroline Huckaby

THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR - New singers in every section may join now at the beginning of the season. Anyone considering choir is invited to have a conversation with the directors for more information about the nature of this commitment.
Speak directly with Kathryn or Mark, or Email:

THE ESOTERICS - Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m., Christ Church. The Esoterics, the highly-acclaimed Seattle-based a cappella choral ensemble, continues its 25th season with a program of contemporary requiems, in keeping with the theme of this year: saecula sacrorum, or “secular versions of sacred forms.” In CŌNSŌLŌ, The Esoterics will feature new choral works that explore the comfort and healing that are found in this musical act of remembrance. Tickets $15-25. More information and advance tickets at

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
THIS WEEK: HOW CAN I READ SERMONS PREACHED AT CHRIST CHURCH? – Missed a Sunday and want to catch up with the preaching? Want to revisit a sermon you found helpful or compelling? Sermons preached at Christ Church are posted on our website by midweek.  

8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Service in the World: In Honduras with Robert Carver, Library

Monday, October 1
6:30 p.m.    Body and Soul: Engaging Core Spiritual Practices, Wells Hall
7:00 p.m.    Bible Study, IN THE CHAPEL THIS WEEK
Tuesday, October 2
10:30 a.m.  Women’s Lunch Steering Group, Library
Wednesday, October 3
12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist, Chapel, followed by light lunch and fellowship, Library
Thursday, October 4
7:30 p.m.    Choir Rehearsal, Church
Saturday, October 6
11:30 a.m.  Fall Women’s Lunch, Wells Hall

Saint Francis Sunday
8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist, Chapel
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Childcare for infants and toddlers in the Wells Hall nursery
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Church, followed by coffee hour in Wells Hall
12:15 p.m.  Martin Buber and the Wisdom of Dialogue, Library
4:00 p.m.    Blessing of the Animals/Ice Cream Social, Wells Hall, Courtyard
7:00 p.m.    Esoterics Concert, Church
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